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Raden Palasara is the son of Bambang Sakri. He is described as a pendeta-kesatria [priest-warrior] because though he is a warrior fond of battle, he has the character of a holy man. During his meditation (tapa) he is tormented by the gods who take the form of several emprit [a kind of swallow] birds who make a nest in his hair. His concentration is broken and he becomes angry and chases the birds. He then comes upon Dewi Durgandini, a princess from Wirata, who is in a small boat on the Silugangga river. He falls in love with her and they later marry. Actually the gods had purposely metamorphosed into birds in order to disturb his meditation, because as a warrior and future king they wish him to give up his ascetic bahits and return to his kingdom.

Out of a dense forest Raden Palasara carves a nation, Astina and he rules as its king with the title Prabu Dwipakeswara. After a long and prosperous reign he again becomes a priest and is given the title Begawan. According to legend it is at the order of Palasara that the histories and legends of all the gods and their descendants are composed.

Raden Palasara has jaitan eyes, a pointed nose and a serene visage. His hair is ornamented with the garuda in back, part of his hair flowing down his back in the gimbal fashion. He wears waderan ear ornaments, a slendang and the bokongan kesatria dress.

(sumber: Sejarah Wayang Purwa. Hardjowirogo. Jakarta: Balai Pustaka, 1955)

Publisher: Lontar Foundation;

Created: 2014

Source Rights: Ki Purbo Asmoro

Manuscript Code: LF-Palasara.kl_P5050464.jpg

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